Need a lift from your yacht to the beach? Try the Fiat Fiorino Portofino

Fiat Fiorino Portofino
Fiat is taking a step back in time at this year's Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany, with its show van called the Fiorino Portofino that takes significant inspiration from the custum built Jolly beach cars built during the 1950s and '60s.For the concept's construction, the Italian automaker's fleet division, Fiat Professional, commissioned small-car customizer Vernagallo-Holiday and SALT to create a one-off show car built much in the same style of the Italian luxury beach buggies of yesteryear. If you happen to be like most of us and are unfamiliar with the Italian small beach-car craze, be prepared to get schooled.

Beginning in 1958, Fiat 500s, 600s, Giardinieras and Multiplas were converted by famed coachbuilder Ghia into Jollys, or small, open-top and doorless beach cruisers. They were a hit among the wealthy Italians and made their way into the hands of well-heeled Americans until 1961.

With the Fiorino Portofino, Fiat is looking to capitalize once again on super-rich luxury toy market, which, not surprisingly, isn't dwindling by any means in these times. Like its predecessors, the Fiorino Portofino has no doors to speak of, but has in their places, weatherproof ropes (yes, ropes) and a sturdy rollbar. The swinging rear doors of the donor Fiat Fiorino Combi have been maintained, while up to five passengers can enjoy the "nautical flavor" waterproof interior surroundings and wood-trimmed floorings. Scooting the little buggy's wheels is a choice of two engines: a 1.4L gasoline or 1.3L Mutlijet. What the latter exactly is, we're not exactly sure, but we do know that both offerings come with a traction assisting system called the "traction +," a speed limiter and a Comfort Matic gearbox.

If some potential buyers aren't feeling the need for extra sun exposure while cruising the beaches next to their docked yachts, Fiat is said to be concocting a covered version of the beach buggy due out in the near future. There was no word on if or when the Fiat Fiorino Portofino will be produced, but look for the cars to make the rounds at recreational vehicle shows across Europe. Now if only there were an optional fringed surrey top.

Fiat Fiorino Portofino
Fiat Fiorino Portofino

Fiat Fiorino Portofino
Fiat Fiorino Portofino

Fiat Fiorino Portofino
Fiat Fiorino Portofino

Fiat Fiorino Portofino
Fiat Fiorino Portofino

Fiat Fiorino Portofino
Fiat Fiorino Portofino



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